Disneyland can be a daunting destination for dieters. Healthy options are available, but limited. So here are Enara’s top tips for navigating the park’s food landscape, while staying on-track with your program:
- Drink water! Stay hydrated throughout the day, and avoid drinking your calories. Many stands also offer plain iced coffee and unsweetened iced tea as water alternatives.
- Pack food, save calories (and money). Disneyland allows visitors to bring in snacks, so stock up on nuts, chopped vegetables with hummus/guacamole packs, bananas with nut butter, hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt cups and other diet-friendly on-the-go items. If you’re planning on having a salad for lunch (see some suggestions below), throw in a small container of program-friendly dressing.
- Forgot to pack snacks? Seek out produce carts throughout the park to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetable snack options.
If you’re planning to eat a meal in the park, here are some Enara picks for solid options at Disneyland restaurants:
- Carnation Cafe (Main Street, USA) – Spinach and Tomato Egg White Frittata (skip the sour cream and potatoes), Spinach and Grilled Chicken Salad (skip the dressing and limit cheese), Romaine Salad with Shrimp (skip the dressing and bacon, limit cheese)
- Bengal Barbeque (Adventureland) – Chicken Skewer, Vegetable Skewer, hummus w/ fresh vegetables
- Cafe Orleans (New Orleans Square) – House Salad (no dressing), Nicoise Salad (skip potatoes and dressing)
- River Belle Terrace (Frontierland) – Grilled and Chilled Shrimp
- Jolly Holiday Bakery & Cafe (Main Street, USA) – Grilled Vegetables and Whole Grain Salad (no dressing, skip the breadstick); Tomato Basil Soup
- Harbour Galley (Critter Country) – Fisherman’s Salad (no dressing), Shrimp Salad (skip dressing and bacon, limit cheese)
In a pinch, you can also opt for a lettuce-wrapped burger without added sauces. And if you’re in California Adventures, check out Fairfax Market, which features lighter, healthier snack options for park visitors.